Wist’s prisoner location bill gets unanimous support, now headed to the governor

House Assistant Republican Leader Cole Wist – Centennial (HD 37)

DENVER—Today, the House unanimously approved legislation that will ensure a victim knows the exact location of the person incarcerated for the crime against them or their family member, Senate Bill 18-014, sponsored by Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial), requires the Colorado Department of Corrections to inform the prosecuting attorney and all registered victims of a crime, which typically includes immediate family members, the name and location of the correctional facility housing the inmate responsible for the crime, even when the inmate is transferred to an out-of-state facility.

“Families should have the peace of mind of knowing where the person who harmed or killed a loved one is incarcerated,” said Wist. “This legislation is simply about transparency, and the unanimous support this bill received in both the House and Senate shows how important honoring victims is to this institution.”

Family members of victims in Colorado have been frustrated by the state’s refusal to disclose where certain offenders are incarcerated. Senate Bill 18-014 will take effect upon the governor’s signature.